After publishing several minor pieces in the almanacs -- at that time a usual channel for the production of rising authors,-- he appeared for the first time, in 1830, in a volume of collected poems entitled "Blätter der Liebe." These poems were said by the critics to be written in the prevailing Austrian vein, with a strong dash of Heine. The same year he published at Stuttgart "Der Letzte Ritter," The Last Knight, -- a series of ballads founded on incidents in the life of the Emperor Maximilian I., -- and forming a national poem, which gave him immediate and wide reputation. His fame was increased by the "Spaziergange eines Wiener Poeten," political lyrics, that well deserved the celebrity they attained. These works, with his other productions -- " Schutt," "Gedichte," "Nibelungen im Frack," and "Pfaff Vom Kahlenberg," -- exhibiting powers of humor and irony no less than a high order of imagination, and great vigor and beauty of expression, entitled him to rank, and have maintained his position among the best and most distinguished of the living poets of Germany.
Anastasius Grün is the literary name of the Austrian Count Von Auersberg, who has been in public life as a leader of the liberal party in Austria since 1848. Of late years, indeed, his literary fame has eclipsed his political, which was also partially obscured by his apparent desertion of his party. He had appeared as a poet, with occasional short productions, which marked him as a writer likely to achieve a wide reputation, when he produced this book, which from its story and from the power which he displayed gave him at once a high position, which he has ever since maintained, as among the best and most distinguished of the living poets of Germany. "The Last Knight" is a series of ballads founded on incidents in the life of Maximilian I., 1459-1518. The stirring incidents of that heroic time, the magnificent nuptials of Maximilian and Mary, the contest between France and Germany, and all the circumstance of romantic adventure, render the subject a most brilliant one. The national character of the theme has made the book a very popular one in Germany, and its issue, now for the first time in English dress, is very pat to contemporaneous events.